Liverpool stun Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

November 21, 2011 by  
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Liverpool completed what could turn out to be a crucial win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with a 2-1 triumph.

The late winner came from full back Glen Johnson, who ghosted through the home team’s defence to finish well with his left foot. He was brought into play by a great diagonal ball from former Blackpool playmaker Charlie Adam, who was outstanding for the visitors in all departments of his game.

The win moves Kenny Dalglish’s side level on points with the Blues, both on 22, and 12 behind leaders Manchester City. It is the second consecutive home defeat for Chelsea after their drama-filled 5-3 mauling to Arsenal at the end of October.

The first goal of the game went to Liverpool in the 33rd minute. Obi Mikel was caught in possession by Adam, who got the ball to Bellamy. A neat one-two with Suarez and a deft, veiled pass set up Maxi to slot it home.

Chelsea hit back after the break when substitute Daniel Sturridge tapped in a Florent Malouda cross. However, Liverpool’s overall determination and hustling play forced mistakes from the home side, and the winner was deserved when it came with just three minutes remaining.

Both former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and £35 million man Andy Carroll started on the bench for their respective sides, with neither given more than a few minutes at the end to make an impact.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident his job his safe despite his team’s recent fluctuating form. He cited the cash the club paid to land him from Porto as a good reason not to get rid of him so early into his tenure, telling BBC Sport, “He [Roman Abramovich] didn’t pay 15m euros (£13.2m) to get me out of Porto and another fortune to get me out of Chelsea.”

The Russian owner of the club is not renowned for his patience, however, and a turn around in fortunes will be necessary, and quickly, if the Portuguese manager is to be given the chance to lead the club to future glories.

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